Ivy and Abe were inseparable as children until an accident tore them apart. Several decades later, when both are in their seventies, a chance encounter reunites them. But time is not on their side.
What if they'd met in a different time and place?
In another life, Ivy and Abe meet in their forties, when both are married already. Unable to resist the attraction between them, they embark on a passionate affair.
In yet another, they marry young, with a bright future ahead of them - only for a dark shadow to threaten their happiness.
Throughout various incarnations of their lives, they come together and go their separate ways, fall in and out of love, make or break promises.
In every universe, Ivy and Abe are meant to meet. But are they meant to be?
I'd like to thank Olivia at Penguin for sending me a proof copy of Ivy & Abe and inviting me to be a part of this blog tour.
Ivy & Abe has been tagged as Sliding Doors meets One Day and in a way I guess that is a pretty accurate description as the book is told through a series of different accounts as to how the two characters could have met and formed a friendship/relationship at various points in their lives.
We first meet Ivy and Abe when they're both in their seventies where a chance encounter in a supermarket re-acquaints these two childhood friends and romance blossoms. This was definitely my favourite of the meetings throughout the book as it reinforces the fact that you're never too old for a second chance at love. I loved that in their final days, albeit all too brief, they were able to bring love and devotion into each others lives. Maybe one day I'll meet my Abe...
The rest of the book explores the encounters of Ivy and Abe meeting at various points in their lives, whether it was when they were younger and could fall in love and get married, chance encounters, or when they're both already in relationships but their attraction was too strong for them to resist. The outcomes vary and show that as in life we don't always get the happy ever after ending that we wish for as well as showing that we sometimes have to fight hard or make sacrifices to make a relationship work and even then they could still fail.
On the whole I did enjoy reading the different accounts of their meetings, some more so than others, and it was interesting to see that throughout the book I warmed to one character, and took a disliking to the other, but in another scenario the tables were turned and the unlikeable one was now my favourite. Neither character was perfect and it just goes to show you that the actions of what you are doing can have an impact on what someone thinks about you.
Although I do like the concept of 'what if' storylines I will admit that I did find the jumping around of timelines a bit too disjointed for my liking but that was a minor blip in what was an otherwise enjoyable read.